The virus has come back to the West Bank and Gaza with a vengeance. Over 24 hours 272 new cases of the virus have been confirmed in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
JVP’s Health Advisory Council examines the second wave of COVID-19 cases and how racism contributes to the outbreak.
The Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council (JVP HAC) joins the multitude of social justice groups and community-led calls for an end to the structural and systemic racism in, and violence by police forces across the country towards Black Americans.
Coronavirus entered the West Bank in early February, but political decisions have interfered with response, from apartheid water restrictions on Palestinians to the Netanyahu government’s refusal to quarantine Israelis returning from AIPAC conference in Washington. –A report from JVP’s Health Advisory Council.
More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during protests in Gaza, of whom over 1,000 developed bone infections, serious and complex wounds and many of them are resistant to antibiotics.
Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council’s monthly round-up of health in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. This month JVP shares articles on injured children in Gaza, a nurses strike in Israel, Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike who are in solitary confinement and more.
Low birth weight and birth defects increased significantly since 2011 in Gaza. The evident cause is two military attacks in 2012 and 2014 that introduced novel risk factors, contamination by heavy metals weapon-remnants, ongoing impoverishment, and impaired waste management, says Reproductive Toxicology journal.
The UN warns Gaza is showing early warning signs of a coming “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis, Israel is still mulling the death penalty, and the World Health Organization examines Palestinians rights to health under the Israeli occupation in this edition of JVP’s month health advisory.
In Gaza, the medical system is near collapse, reports the Health Advisory Council of Jewish Voice for Peace. A Palestinian Center for Human Rights video shows that Israeli forces at the Gaza fence used excessive force against medical staffers, which resulted in the killing of 3 paramedics and the injury of about 103 medical staffers.
Since 2016, suicide rates in Gaza have been rising, reflecting rising levels of despair and hopelessness in the population, the Guardian reports. Until recently suicide in Gaza had been rare, partly due to strong clan networks, but mostly because killing oneself is forbidden in traditional Muslim societies.